Debunked: Google Mail icon shows linkage to Freemasons


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In June 2020, an acquaintance made the claim that Google's logo 'G' was a reference to Freemasons. I have been unable to find discussion linking Google's 'G' to Freemasons online, but I did find similar conspiracies about the Gmail icon. I will address both the 'G' and the 'M' conspiracy below.

"We Are Surrounded by Masonic Symbols - How Modern Logos Are Linked To Secret Societies" by Janice Friedman

Friedman claims
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Masonic Symbol History


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The Freemason G is paired in the logo with a square and compass. According to the Masonic Lodge of Education:

The M symbol Friedman is referring to is the M shown on the Master Mason apron. It's history is described as:
A common descriptor of the apron in the US is:

Google Symbol History
According to Google was started as a search engine called Backrub which was later renamed to Google. Google's name come from Googol and is:

Google's logo has changed over the years though the changes have grown less dramatic as they've settled into their brand.

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The Google logo can also be shorted to G.
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The Gmail logo has been shorted over the years from "Google Mail" to "Gmail" to the envelope "M" logo used today.


1) Just because designs are similar does not mean that there is a link of providence.

As humans, we're prone to seeing pattern in our surroundings. For example, I can see Disney's Mickey Mouse logo in this image of the chemical structure of water even though there is no connection between the two.


Designs will be even more similar if they are pulling from similar sources such as the alphabetical letters M and G. An excellent book covering similar thinking for logo design is “Trademarks & Symbols of The World” by Yasaburo Kuwayama. It's a design book which covered company logos and you can see how different designers came up with similar logos for different companies. Here is an image of the K section where you can see how people split the K into two pieces in similar ways. There are only so many ways you can split a K and still have it be recognizable.

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2) It is common for a company with a lettered logo to shorten their logo to the first letter.

Company logos need to be representative, distinct from other brands, clear in print, and readable at different scales. Longer words interfere with scalability so companies with longer names will simplify their logos to help branding. Such examples include McDonalds, Bing, Clavin Klein, etc.

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Whether the G stands for Google, God, or Geometry - even if they all get shortened to G you cannot use this to claim a link between them beyond all three starting with same letter.

3) Other Master Mason aprons are not similar to the Gmail logo.

According to the Mason websites I linked, aprons in the US are commonly colored with blue. The red aprons shown in the Ancient Symbols example are uncommon within the United States. The standardization of the aprons vary between different lodges and different countries. A Freemason community forum thread discussed the discrepancy of red aprons where a member pointed out that
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The member later posted a picture of his own apron and sash.
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Looking at the apron, I can see an 'M' if I squint but it is does not appear as strongly because the top fold of the apron is rounded instead of having sharp V angles. If I were to compare this Mason apron with the Gmail logo, I wouldn't see any "stunning similarity" except that they are both rectangular. And just because two different things are the same shape does not mean they are connected.

In Addition
This argument can be broken down to 'they look similar therefore there is a link.' This is a false statement. Just because two objects look similar does not mean there is always a connection between them. This is especially true since humans are good at seeing patterns even when there's none. For example 1110100 - I made this pattern by flipping a coin but looking at it now even I'm finding patterns.

Another way to approach the similarities present could be to say that both the apron with an angled M and the Gmail icon resemble envelopes. The Gmail icon is intentionally evoking an envelope with an M to represent Gmail. I do not know if the apron is coincidentally or intentionally similar to an envelope.

For more information on graphic design of logos, I'd suggest "Logo Modernism by Jens Muller and R, Roger Remington. You can find scans of certain pages and reviews online. “Trademarks & Symbols of The World” by Yasaburo Kuwayama is harder to find since it was published awhile ago.


Senior Member.
The M symbol Friedman is referring to is the M shown on the Master Mason apron.

but there isnt an M. every one i can find on image searches at least the bottom (and often the top) of the apron also has the ribbon. M's dont have a bottom, and neither does the Gmail logo.

The apron is more of a "boostier" shape. not an M.

mail icons are a better fit to Freemason apron design

add: i wont comment on the mail vs. male connection :)
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I agree that the apron is more similar to a regular envelope. If aprons always have the border when embroidered, then that is another degree of separation between the Mason apron and the current Gmail symbol.


Active Member
Good post. I've seen this claim before and I think you nailed it right on the head. Proponents of these theories always pick and choose with a very generous level of attention to certain bits to make there be an appearance of a link when there isn't.


Senior Member.
I know I saw a detailed look at this, somewhere, not long ago.

I'm remembering something very Snopes-ish, but I'm not immediately finding
it on think they remember seeing it there or somewhere else?

(I'm sure I haven't seen this "Ancient Code" site in the OP)
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